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Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 March 1992 (USA)
A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Des Moines Stagehand
Miami Stagehand
Kim Sebastian ...
Cleveland Stagehand
Broadway Stagehand (as L.B. Straten)
J. Christopher Sullivan ...
Miami Backstage Guard
Kimberly Neville ...
Miami Usher


Lloyd Fellowes is the director of a theatre company. He's desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour: as with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The comedy where everyone gets caught in the act!




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20 March 1992 (USA)  »

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Noises Off!  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play-within-the-film is entitled "Nothing On". See more »


When we see the show from the stage, there are fake walls visible behind all the doors. When we see the show from backstage, those fake walls are missing from all the upstairs doors (although present for the downstairs doors). See more »


[first lines]
Usher: Curtains going up! Curtains going... up! Curtains going up!
Lloyd: [voiceover] A big Broadway opening. Everybody who's anybody in New York is inside this theater tonight. Everybody but one man. This man - ME!
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Comedy masterpiece!
24 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

You may have to see it a few times to catch it all, as it is very fast paced, but there's not very many movies that have made me laugh so much. An amazing cast with amazing acting. Often overlooked is the ability to maintain character without busting up laughing at what your co-star is doing...especially during long takes, which this movie has many of. The late, great John Ritter's performance is the glue that holds it all together, and Michael Caine's depiction of the pained and tormented director is brilliant. It is also a great show of diversity for the late Christopher Reeve, who is much more Clark Kent than Superman in this show. Nicolette Sheridan in her undies is certainly not hard to look at either!

Highly recommended...but don't just see it once, as I wrote before. It was a bit confusing on my first one. It is also fairly family-friendly, with only a couple obscenities exclaimed by Michael Caine in hilariously funny moments of frustration.

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